If I were a carpenter.

David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. Christopher Carr says:

    Amateur diagnoses with special psychological conditions that address our personal shortcomings by turning them into unique abilities seem to fill this gap.Report

  2. Burt Likko says:

    Annie: I think probably with my love of four-legged creatures and hooves and everything, that in another lifetime I was probably Catherine the Great, or maybe Francis of Assisi. I’m not sure which one. What do you think, darlin’?

    Crash: How come in former lifetimes, everybody is someone famous? [Laughs.] I mean… [both laugh] … How come nobody ever says they were Joe Schmo?

    Annie: [still laughing] Because it doesn’t work that way, you fool!Report

    • Patrick Cahalan in reply to Burt Likko says:

      “And frankly, sports fans, he used a certain word that’s a ‘no-no’ with umpires.”Report

    • James K in reply to Burt Likko says:

      Actually thing that really bothered me about past life regression was that given the world’s population is at an all-time high, a significant number of people (perhaps a majority) would be first-timers with no past life at all. In fact I think the number of people today is greater than the number that have died in the past 5000 years or so; which means that the average person should have only 1 past life within human history.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to James K says:

        You’re overthinking it. Souls are getting diffuse. This is why the people in the past are such giants and everyone you know is, like, “Just Wally” (or whomever). Cleopatra had a whole soul to herself. We all have 1/128th of a soul or something like that.

        Those of us who aren’t recycled animals, anyway.Report

  3. Jason Kuznicki says:

    Coates is entirely right. Perhaps what we need is a good, solid, invigorating war to toughen us up?

    On another paranormal topic, I’m waiting for the alien invasion.  I judge it to be more probable now than ever, because now we’ve mostly learned to groom ourselves.  We make better pets that way.


  4. Plinko says:

    And here I was hoping someone would be hammering on their piglet.Report

  5. I am a past life regressionist and have never had a client who experienced being famous or infamous in a past life.Report

    • I am a past life regressionist

      No, you’re not.Report

    • “I am a past life regressionist and have never had a client who experienced being famous or infamous in a past life.”

      I’m pretty sure I was Ghenghis Khan in a past life, actually. The guilt I feel over all the innocents I casually murdered is what drives me to make a difference today. Or at least that’s what I’m planinng on writing about for my med school application essay. (But, ya know, I don’t really admit this very often, but secretly, somewhere deep inside, I’m kind of proud.)Report